Alexis Sanchez is growing uncomfortable with the lack of support from his Arsenal team-mates, according to reports in his native Chile.
A report from La Tercera–brought to our attention by Sport Witness– claims that Sanchez is not as settled at the Emirates as he may seem. While he has been an inspiration on the pitch in recent games, there is a growing feeling that he is being relied on too much.
Sanchez is starting to feel that he is not getting the support he would expect from his Arsenal team-mates. The report even cites Mesut Ozil as a particular source of frustration for the Chilean.
The report states: "His stay in the British capital has not been so sweet, it has emerged that he is uncomfortable with the little support from his colleagues, especially the German Mesut Ozil, the most expensive player in club history."
Although Ozil is currently sideline with a knee injury, Arsenal's record signing was under fire for his poor form prior to the setback. In six Premier League games he had provided just one assist and scored one goal. That assist was for Danny Welbeck against Aston Villa.
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It is therefore reasonable to suggest that Sanchez has been left disappointed with the supply line behind him. Ozil was renowned as one of the best playmakers in the world at Real Madrid but has been unable to transfer that form into the Premier League following his £42.4 million switch.
He also appeared visibly irked by his team-mates celebrations after Arsenal equalised against Anderlecht last week. Kieran Gibbs grabbed a rare goal to salvage the game in which Sanchez went onto create the winner.
Regardless of the supply line, Sanchez has been very impressive for the Gunners thus far and has gone some way to justifying his £35 million price tag. The 25-year-old has scored five Premier League goals and assisted two in seven starts.
He has also scored one and provided another in the Champions League group stages having helped Arsenal qualify by scoring the only goal in the play off tie against Besiktas. So could he have done much better if Arsenal's midfielders were up to scratch?